Jerry Israel Interfaith Service Award given to OT professor

Dr. Candy Beitman, associate professor of occupational therapy at the University of Indianapolis, was recently honored as one of two recipients of the Jerry Israel Interfaith Service Award.

The Jerry Israel Interfaith Service Award was created in 2005 in honor of the commitment to interfaith awareness and interaction by then President Jerry Israel.  A medallion is presented to recognize the attitudes and involvements of members of our campus community who display excellence or virtue in ways that are generative for particular religious communities on campus as well as consideration and respect for others representing other traditions and peoples who are at the university, as well.

Beitman was honored with Kevin Corn, Instructor of Religion in the UIndy College of Arts and Sciences. Both helped with the Jewish sukkah hut on campus to help students, faculty and staff understand the Jewish harvest festival of Sukkot.  They invited students to learn of the history, the traditions, and the rituals surrounding this Jewish holiday.

Further, both faculty members have been active participants in the university's Ecumenical and Interfaith Council, providing their insight and enthusiasm to the shaping of religious life at UIndy, ensuring programming and opportunities that are attentive to changing demographics in the UIndy community.

Finally, Beitman and Corn have given of their energy and leadership through the years in the Interfaith Peace Service, an annual opportunity for the campus to gather and reflect on the value of peace in our lives and what can be learned from the many faith traditions represented at UIndy.

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PT student named UIndy Student Volunteer of the Year

Libby Anderl is a second-year doctor of physical therapy student at the University of Indianapolis. By definition, that makes her one busy woman. Yet, Anderl makes time in her busy schedule to participate in a host of community and university volunteer activities. That dedication to service recently earned her recognition as the UIndy Student Volunteer of the Year.

"Libby embodies a true 'volunteer spirit,'" said professor Anne Mejia-Downs, who nominated Anderl for the honor. "She is always ready to help out with requests, large and small, and I can always count on her to offer up a solution, an answer to a question, or a smile to someone who needs it."

For the past three years, Anderl has served as head coach and coordinator of TOPSoccer, a community outreach program for youth soccer players with special needs. You can also find her on the sidelines of the Special Olympics Basketball Tournament, where she serves as both scorekeeper and cheerleader. 

She worked as a student PT volunteer at the Indiana University Student Outreach Clinic and has given of her time to the UIndy Community Patient Resource Group's Parent's Night Out and the PT Day College Mentors for Kids. 

A Dayton, Ohio native, Anderl spends her breaks from school working at vacation Bible school and bagging and delivering groceries to needy families in the Dayton area. 
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Conference to help clinicians transition to teaching

Career transitions require preparation and forward thinking. Transitioning from working in a clinical environment as an occupational or physical therapist, nurse, or other healthcare professional to teaching at the college level requires the same. The Institute for Emerging Educators in Healthcare (IEEH), which will take place at the University of Indianapolis from August 7-9, 2014, was developed to help clinicians successfully transition from the clinic or hospital into higher education. 

Participants will learn how to organize courses, implement learning theories and engagement strategies, and use technology to create effective courses and clinical experiences for students. In addition, participating clinicians will come to understand the structure and culture of teaching in higher education. 


In 2011, the University of Indianapolis School of Occupational Therapy and School of Education jointly received a UIndy Inquiry Grant to teach occupational therapy students  client education engagement strategies and to train faculty on the use of student engagement strategies to improve teaching abilities in new faculty members. Professors from each school partnered together on a publication that appeared in the Open Journal of Occupational Therapy in Summer 2013. The collaboration continues with those faculty members joining forces again for IEEH.

Conference faculty include Angelia Ridgway, PhD; Donna Stephenson, MS; Deborah Sachs, MS; Kate DeCleene Huber, OTD, MS, OTR; Julie Bednarski, OTD, MHS, OTR; and Lori Breeden, MS, OTR.


IEEH registration is underway. The early bird rate, available through June 7, 2014, is $350 per person. After June 7, 2014, the registration rate is $395. Attendance is limited to 50 people.

For more information about the Institute for Emerging Educators in Healthcare, please visit

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Planning the Special Olympics State Youth Basketball Tournament — A Student's Perspective

Written by Josh Baker, University of Indianapolis Sport Management major

This semester, I participated in UIndy KINS 480, Applied Event Management, which was responsible for planning and implementing the Special Olympics Indiana State Youth Basketball Tournament. This event was held on the UIndy campus on March 22 and was quite an experience that was worth all the effort and time. Anyone who wanted to be a part of the class had to go through an interview process. This was a good starting point in our professional development. The first classes had us divide up into groups and create our organizational chart. Then each day in class we went over agendas that reviewed our daily tasks and objectives and provided updates from each group. We created numerous documents and used drives to share signage and equipment needs. Everything that we did in the class was geared towards not only professional development, but also the chance to make an awesome group of kids feel like rock stars for a day. Once we got all the nuts and bolts of the event figured out, it came down to putting the event into action. We used our newly developed skills of communication, innovation, and initiation to move our volunteers around and see the event play out. After all that hard work and preparation in the classroom, the end result made it all worthwhile. Applied Event Management is a great class for sports management majors and exercise science majors, because of all the professional development it provides.  The class really prepares you for event management, and is also a nice add-on to your resume.

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Job Fair to match therapists & students with employers

The University of Indianapolis College of Health Sciences will host the area's largest job fair for occupational therapists, physical therapists, physical therapist assistants, and students of those professions on Friday, April 11, 2014 from 4:00-6:30p.m. The job fair will take place in Nicoson Hall on the UIndy campus (see a campus map here.) 

More than 40 exhibitors -- employers that range from hospital systems to rehab clinics to staffing agencies and beyond -- will be on hand to discuss employment opportunities in the areas of occupational therapy and physical therapy. Several geographic regions of Indiana and a few outside of the state will be represented.

The job fair is free for job seekers. Pre-registration is not required.

For more information and a list of exhibitors, please click here.

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Announcing Information Night at UIndy

You are invited!  Monday, April 14, 2014 is the next Undergraduate Information Night in the School for Adult Learning at the University of Indianapolis. Join us at 5:30 pm in Esch Hall room 103.  If you are thinking about returning to school to complete a degree, don't miss this informative evening.

The Dean, Academic, Admissions and Career Advisors along with a Financial Aid Representative will  answer your questions and give you the information you need to return to school. You will learn about  the majors and certificate programs offered in the School for Adult Learning.  You can major in Liberal Studies, Organizational Leadership, or Emergency and Disaster Management.

For more information or to reserve a seat contact Chelsea Ward, at or 317-781-5762.


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UIndy OT faculty to make mark at national conference

The American Occupational Therapy Association's Annual Conference and Expo will take place April 3-6 in Baltimore. While there, several UIndy School of Occupational Therapy faculty members will be taking stage to receive awards or make presentations.

Lucinda Dale, EdD, OTR, CHT will be recognized for her recent selection as a member of the AOTA Roster of Fellows.

Several other SOT faculty members will make research or general session presentations --

Title: Understanding the Experience of Stroke and the Client Identified Factors of a Successful Recovery
Presenter: Lori Breeden, MS, OTR

Title: Social Media Use in Allied Health Education: Enhancement or Distraction?
Presenter: Kate DeCleene Huber, OTD, MS, OTR

Title: Enhancing Your Advocacy Skills: Disability Awareness and Occupational Therapy
Presenter: Rebecca Barton, DHS, OTR

Title: Utilization of Virtual Game‐Based Rehabilitation in Occupational Therapy: A Pilot Study
Presenter: Beth Ann Walker, PhD, OTR

Title: Enhancing Evidence‐Based Practice Through the Assessment of Confidence and Knowledge
Presenters: Kate DeCleene Huber, OTD, MS, OTR; Alison Nichols, MOT, OTR

Title: Discover and Develop Your Role as an OT Consultant: Promote Health and Wellness in Your
Presenters: Julie Bednarski, OTD, MHS, OTR; Rebecca Barton, DHS, OTR

For more about the AOTA Annual Conference, click here.

UIndy School of Occupational Therapy Alumni attending the conference, should plan to attend the annual Alumni Reception, which will take place on Friday, April 4, 2014 from 7-10:00 pm at the Hilton Baltimore, Key Ballroom 5.

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Master of Public Health program begins Fall 2014

A new UIndy master’s degree program from the College of Health Sciences will prepare professionals to identify health disparities and develop community-based approaches to close the gaps.

Debuting this fall, the two-year Master of Public Health program will be the only one in Indiana, and one of few in the nation, with a concentration in health disparities, the preventable differences in health among populations that can occur along lines of age, sex, ethnicity, geography, socioeconomic status and other factors. The program will emphasize hands-on experience while offering courses in a primarily online format.

The Master of Public Health degree is relevant to a range of career settings including hospitals, nonprofit service agencies and corporate wellness. Candidates for the program could be recent bachelor’s degree graduates in fields such as social work or exercise science who want to expand their options, as well as doctors, nurses, physical and occupational therapists and other licensed professionals seeking to enhance their skills and broaden the scope of their work.

The core curriculum includes courses in epidemiology, biostatistics, environmental health, social and behavioral sciences, health systems and policy, cultural competency and health disparities.  The program develops the skills public health practitioners need to be effective, such as advocacy, leadership, grant writing, and program planning and evaluation.

UIndy’s hybrid MPH program combines online coursework and community-based projects with two weekend meetings on campus, a one-week summer intensive and a 400-hour professional practice internship.

(A longer version of this article was originally posted here.)

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New Undergraduate Major at UIndy

The School for Adult Learning at the University of Indianapolis is offering new educational programs in Emergency and Disaster Management. Students can earn an Associate degree, a Bachelor degree, or a certificate in Emergency and Disaster Management.

Emergency and Disaster Management is a field of study and research that focuses on the planning and directing of the disaster/emergency response or crisis management activities. These programs will help to prepare students for careers in emergency management and public safety.  The programs will introduce students to the all-hazards approach, emergency management and disaster management phases, risk assessment, prevention and management, counter-terrorism, consequence management, mitigation, and recovery.

The certificate program is 12 credit hours - 4 courses. Students can complete this certificate in 20 weeks attending class just one night per week.

The Associate degree is 62 credit hours and the Bachelor degree is 124 credit hours. The classes are offered in five week sessions meeting just one night per week from 6:00-9:45 on the UIndy campus which is located just minutes from downtown.

To learn more about these programs, contact Chelsea Ward, Admissions and Academic Advisor in the School for Adult Learning, at 317-781-5762 or Or visit the website at This is your opportunity to begin a new career.





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UIndy PT Assistant student to participate in national APTA forum

Albert Wong, a student in UIndy's Physical Therapist Assistant program, has been selected as a participant in the annual American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) Federal Advocacy Forum. Wong will be serving as a student representative of the Indiana chapter of the APTA (INAPTA). The forum will take place from April 6-8, 2014 in Washington, DC.

Wong said he looked forward to the opportunity to provide legislators on Capitol Hill the perspective of a student regarding the physical therapy profession. He is also interested in learning more about what government officials look for when initiating laws beneficial to the profession.

The APTA Federal Advocacy Forum gives physical therapy professionals an opportunity to improve their advocacy skills and to lobby Congress on the many challenges facing the physical therapy profession. Participants will hear from decision makers on Capitol Hill, learn to communicate effectively with elected officials, receive updates on APTA's legislative and regulatory activities, and then take messages directly to members of Congress.

For the past several years, INAPTA has lobbied on behalf of students and tuition loan repayment bills.

Wong is in his first year of the UIndy Physical Therapist Assistant program. He anticipates graduating in 2015.

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School of Occupational Therapy awards first endowed scholarship

The University of Indianapolis College of Health Sciences is proud to announce the first endowed scholarship for the School of Occupational Therapy. Created as part of the 25th anniversary of the OT program, the School of Occupational Therapy Alumni Scholarship was made possible thanks to more than thirty OT alumni and faculty members, along with proceeds from the annual employment fair.

"This is the first endowed scholarship for the UIndy School of Occupational Therapy," said Kate Decleene Huber, director of the OT program. "Thanks to the generosity of alumni, faculty, and various employers, we are thrilled to be able to offer this additional financial assistance to graduate students. We look forward to seeing this scholarship grow in the future."

The first scholarship will go to Molly Manley, who will enroll in the School of Occupational Therapy in Fall 2014.

"We are thrilled to give the first scholarship to Molly," said DeCleene Huber. "Her strong academic record and the leadership skills she displayed throughout her undergraduate degree made her a worthy recipient."

Continued support for the scholarship is always welcome and will increase the amount of the annual award. Gifts can be made online at If you have any questions, please contact Carrie Sorensen at 317-788-2070 or


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Takle the First Step to Return to School

The School for Adult Learning at the University of Indianapolis invites you to an Information Night for the undergraduate programs in Liberal Studies, Organizational Leadership, and Emergency and Disaster Management. This informal session will give you the information you need to make a decision about earning a degree.  You will meet the Dean, Academic and Admissions Advisors, Career Advisor, and Financial Aid Representative.

Monday, April 14, 2014

5:30 pm

School for Adult Learning, Esch Hall Room 103

University of Indianapolis

Adults need to complete a degree to move forward in the workplace.  The US Census Bureau shows that those with a college degree will earn one million dollars more in their lifetime than someone with a high school diploma. UIndy has the program that will help you succeed.  Classes meet just one night per week for five weeks from 6:00-9:45 pm on our conveniently located campus just minutes from downtown Indianapolis.  You can even take some of your classes online.  At UIndy you will enjoy learning in the classroom and online.

Join us on Monday, April 14th and take the first step to a better life. For more information go to or call the SAL Office at 317-788-3393.  UIndy's degrees are recognized by businesses.



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NCAA Externship

UIndy's Master in Sport Management program's working relationship with the NCAA continues to grow with the addition of a regular externship — the NCAA Ticketing Extern. Graduate student Jason Wenzel is the first to hold this position.

The ticketing extern provides support for the NCAA staff with regard to management of ticket sales for championship/tournaments for various sports at the different levels of competition (DI, II, III). Some of his responsibilities include:

  • Creating uniform documents to track ticket sales for nine revenue sports to make for consistent reporting through all sports.


  • Making weekly updates to track the daily sales at the Women’s Basketball Final Four event, 20 Women’s Basketball preliminary sites, Men’s Hockey Frozen Four Tournament, Football playoffs (Football Championship Series-formerly I-AA), Division I Wrestling, and Women’s Division I Volleyball, and 13 Men's Basketball tournament sites.


  • Requesting ticket management documents from 2014 Men’s Basketball tournament hosts, and update internal reporting systems regarding revenue.


  • Collaborating with tournament hosts to determine total number of tickets available and still for sale.


  • Assembling reports showing remaining tickets at tournament host sites and compiling reports for tournament directors.


The NCAA Ticketing Externship is one more reason students choose UIndy for a masters in sport management. One or more UIndy Sport Management masters students will complete this externship each year. These students will gain valuable experience and contacts for their future career in intercollegiate sports.

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Article explores behavioral health role of Army OTs

Dr. Kate DeCleene Huber, director of the University of Indianapolis School of Occupational Therapy (SOT) and alumni Paul Arthur coauthored an article titled "Behavioral Health Competence: An Exploration of Army Reserve Occupational Therapists" that is published in the March 2014 issue of Occupational Therapy in Mental Health.

Arthur and DeCleene Huber surveyed Army Reserve occupational therapists to determine the overall behavioral health competence of this population to to determine current levels of competence and highlight pre-deployment training needs. Results indicated that while Army Reserve OTs report high levels of behavioral health competence, many questions regarding diagnosis, assessment, evaluation, treatment planning, intervention, and progress arose throughout deployment.

The research was the the culmination of Arthur's Master of Occupational Therapy research project. He recently provided answers to some questions about the project:

How did this research topic come to mind for you?

"I was actually working on a really interesting measurement project with Dr. Lucinda Dale and her students, but my one-year deployment to Iraq threw a wrench into that, so I needed to seek an alternative direction when I returned," Arthur said. "While in Iraq, my boss, now the Chief of Army Reserve Occupational Therapy, and I discussed the issues deployed OTs had, in that none of them had much behavioral health experience, yet they were deployed in that capacity. It's a pretty high-stakes way to get your feet wet!"

Did the outcomes reflect your own experience? Were you surprised by anything you found?

"The results of the paper were pretty-well aligned with our hypothesis. Army clinicians are a fairly difficult population to study, in that the culture is to portray confidence and competence, even if that is not what you are feeling (or what is really the case). Probably the most surprising aspect of the paper was the clinician’s reliance on entry-level education for their behavioral health competence. Many had been away from school for decades and to imagine we are counting on them to recall info they learned in their early 20’s is pretty amazing."

What, if anything, could OT programs do to better prepare Army Reserve OTs for their work?

Paul Arthur sporting the UIndy flag during his Iraq deployment."While I like the notion of a required mental health fieldwork experience, it’s generally not realistic in many (if not most) areas of the country. We can still teach fundamental mental health concepts in our curriculum and there are some pretty nice, updated, textbooks to facilitate that. I generally think for the Army Reserve OT population, they need CEU opportunities and either a directive to take them, or at least an avenue to facilitate/pay for it."

Arthur noted that it was Dr. DeCleene Huber's support and perseverance that was significant to getting this paper published. He had these words of praise, "Having visited many OT programs, I think the relationships UIndy professors garner with their students is rather unique, and is largely responsible for the success their graduates."


Arthur is currently working with veterans with Alzheimer's disease and their caregivers for his dissertation at the University of Florida. He is pursuing a PhD in Rehabilitation Science and plans to have it completed sometime in 2015.

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NIH grant supports innovative stroke research

A grant from the National Institutes of Health is helping UIndy physical therapy professor Stephanie Combs-Miller use the latest wireless technology to study how stroke patients walk, in an effort to develop more effective rehabilitation techniques.

Visit the UIndy News Blog to learn more about Dr. Combs-Miller's latest research efforts.

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UIndy PT Professor Shares Expertise in Down Syndrome

Ask someone in the world of physical therapy who has expertise in the treatment of children with Down Syndrome and the name "Kathy Martin" will likely come to the surface.

Dr. Martin, director of UIndy’s Professional Doctor of Physical Therapy program, has a research interest in treating patients who have Down Syndrome and has recently published multiple articles on the subject.  She was asked by PTNow to write a Clinical Summary of the condition, which was published in December 2013. PTNow is a web portal that provides evidence-based practice information about certain diagnoses.

"All summaries are peer-reviewed, and I would equate the scope of the work to be similar to writing a book chapter," Martin said. "Being asked to write this one was an honor in that the editors of PTNow recognized me as an expert in this area."

Martin will share her experience in writing and publishing the summary in a UIndy Faculty Forum presentation, “Using a Web Portal to Present an Evidence-Based Clinical Summary for Down Syndrome.”

Also in late 2013, Martin and a UIndy Krannert School of Physical Therapy graduate, Anna Weber, published "Efficacy of Orthoses for Children with Hypotonia: A Systematic Review." Hypotonia is a low muscle tone condition that often affects children with Down Syndrome.

More recently, Martin was quoted in the February 2014 issue of Lower Extremity Review in an article, "Ankle Weights Improve Walking in Children with Down Syndrotme." 

"The (ankle weight) study highlights one possible way to improve strength and increase physical activity in children with DS," Martin said, but she cautioned that the approach may be challenging given other characteristics of Down Syndrome that come into play.

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Interning for the Pacers

Michael Bradley, a sport management major with a minor in business administration, is the Player Relations Intern for the Indiana Pacers.  He applied for multiple internships with the Pacers, and obtained the one he wanted most, Player Relations. 

Bradley credits his UIndy education for providing him the skills and giving him the knowledge he would need to begin his career in the sport management industry. The various projects he completed — including topics such as the NCAA bylaws, effective leadership, facility management, and developing a company's budget plan — developed his skills for a future sports management career. Bradley also credits his experience on the UIndy Tennis Team with teaching him to be accountable, organized and efficient. Being a student-athlete made him quickly mature due to a lot of expectations he had to manage as an incoming freshman. Bradley says, his experience at UIndy has shaped him into a reliable, trustworthy, and a hard-working sports manager.

When asked what advice he had for UIndy students, Bradley said, “I would advise UIndy students to make sure you attend all of your classes regularly, because this is a crucial part in shaping yourself and learning information for you to apply in a future career. I would also strongly recommend building relationships with your professors, because they could be the ones to help you find internships or jobs. Lastly, don’t be timid in asking for help with anything throughout your UIndy experience.”


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Take a step toward your future: OT/PT/PTA Open House

Occupational therapists, physical therapists, and physical therapist assistants enjoy rewarding careers while making a positive difference in the lives of their patients.  OTs, PTs, and PTAs take a personal approach to meeting individual needs. The University of Indianapolis takes a personal approach to meeting the needs of our students.

The career opportunities in these therapy fields are plenty and the need for well-educated therapists is great. Now is the time to envision yourself in one of these roles.

The University of Indianapolis School of Occupational Therapy and the Krannert School of Physical Therapy will host an open house in Martin Hall on the UIndy campus, 1400 E. Hanna Avenue, on Saturday, March 22 from 9am to 12pm.

Learn about the Master of Occupational Therapy, Professional Doctor of Physical Therapy,  and Associate in Science, Physical Therapist Assistant degrees that UIndy offers. You'll also hear about the application and financial aid processes and have the opportunity to meet faculty and current students.

High school students, current college students, graduates with entry-level OT and PT degrees, and career changers are all welcome to attend.

Pre-register here today! 

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Sport Management Master's Program Open House

Thursday, February 20, 2014

5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Trustees Dining Room
Schwitzer Student Center

  • Meet the co-instructors and professors
  • Learn more about the program
  • Appetizers and drinks will be served
  • Complimentary ticket to watch UIndy Men’s Basketball take on Southern Indiana; game time is 7:45 p.m.


If you have questions about the Open House or the Master of Science in Sport Management program, please contact or (317) 788-4907, or visit

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Publication led by UIndy PT professor earns top honor

Recently, at the American Physical Therapy Association's (APTA) annual Combined Sections Meeting in Las Vegas, UIndy assistant professor of physical therapy Emily Slaven PT, PhD, OCS, FAAOMPT, Cert MDT and a team of co-authors were recognized by the Journal of Manual and Manipulative Therapy.

The article, "The relative effectiveness of segment specific level and non-specific level spinal joint mobilization on pain and range of motion: results of a systematic review and meta-analysis," is the winner of the John Medeiros Distinguished Author Award for 2013 from the Journal of Manual and Manipulative Therapy. Slaven is the lead author of the article. Co-authors include , , , and .

"It is such an honor to have been recognized for this award," Slaven said. "The honoree each year is the choice of the associated editors of the journal who come from both the United States and many countries outside the U.S.

This article was a continuation of a previous publication and a great way for me to collaborate with researchers from across the country and from various other academic institutions."

Slaven has more than 17 years of experience as a PT, primarily in orthopaedic outpatient settings. Her research interests include manual therapy and lower limb osteoarthritis and gait mechanics in relation to lower limb joint replacement. She is the primary UIndy contact for the University of Indianapolis/Body One PT Orthopaedic Clinical Residency Program.

Pictured above (l-r): Kim Martin, managing editor of JMMT; Emily Slaven, PT, PhD, OCS, FAAOMPT, Cert. MDT; Roy Coronado, PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT; and Carol Courtney, PT, PhD, OCS, FAAOMPT

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